Agriculture comprises 2.7% of South Africa’s GDP, employs 4.6% of its labor force of 22.2 million (of its 59-million-strong population), and is dominated by production of corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, and vegetables. Biopesticides, like in many developed ag economies, are in the nascent stage in South Africa and present untapped growth in Integrated Pest Management programs. Important export markets, most notably Europe, require stringent maximum residue limit (MRL) standards, which has increased buzz around and adoption of biosolutions. It isn’t just residue limits driving the market, but also pest resistance management, and the trend towards better quality and quantity in food production and ensuring a sustainable environment.
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